Additional Links for October 2016
Art is at The Core: Henri Matisse (page 12)
View Henri Matisse’s artwork, “La Gerbe:
Star Artists (page 18)
Star Tesselation template
Anthropomorphic Animal Collages inspired by William Wegman (page 20)
Visit William Wegman’s website: http://www.wegmanworld.com/
The artist talks about his dogs and his photographs: https://youtu.be/EBOFZmZGpGc
Sesame Street – Dogs bake homemade bread: https://youtu.be/wgQNx_aRZgk
Sesame Street – Wegman dogs get their hair cut: https://youtu.be/9P9sQvPJuSU
Sesame Street – Rub-a-dub dub: https://youtu.be/y_IFN4lh59Y
A&A Art Print: Albrecht Dürer, “Young Hare” (page 23-26)
Visit artist writer Catherine Rayner’s website: http://www.catherinerayner.co.uk/
Visit artist Beth Cavener’s website: http://www.followtheblackrabbit.com/
Visit writer Edmund de Waal’s website: http://www.edmunddewaal.com/about/profile/
The Science of Color
On the website www.colorhexa.com, the color “Rufous” (hex #a81c07) is described:
In a RGB (red, green and blue) color space, “Rufous” is composed of 65.9% red, 11% green and 2.7% blue.
In a CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) color space, it is composed of 0% cyan, 83.3% magenta, 95.8% yellow and 34.1% black.
Visit http://www.colorhexa.com/a81c07 to learn more.
RGB VS. CMYK
The RGB Color System is generally used in devices employing light, such as computer monitors and television sets.
The CMYK Color System: In the print industry, cyan, magenta, yellow and black are used as the primary colors
Factoid: The print version of Arts & Activities magazine uses the CMYK system, whereas the digital version uses RGB.
In addition to the hare, there are other animals described as “rufous”:
(1) The great rufous woodcreeper (South America): http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=360706
(2) The rufous hummingbird (North America): https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rufous_Hummingbird/id
(3) The rufous owl (Australia): http://www.owlpages.com/owls/species.php?s=3070
There are more! Have your students conduct a search online and report their findings.
DESIGN Thinking: The Three Hares
There are three hares running in a circle. Each hare has two ears. However, the three hares together only have three ears to share, rather than two each, or six total. The three ears form a triangle, and each hare shares an ear with its neighbor.
The earliest known depictions of the “Three Hares” can be found in Chinese Buddhist cave temples in Mogao, and they date back to around 600 AD. The image can also be seen on Islamic metalwork and Iranian copper coins from 1281. The hares have been used as illustrations for Christian manuscripts and to decorate carved wooden details on ceilings of medieval churches in England. It’s also been found on the ceiling in a Jewish synagogue as well as other churches throughout France and Germany.
Websites to explore:
The Three Hares
The Three Hares Project
Symbolism of Rabbits and Hares
Information about hares
The “March Hare”
In “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), illustrator Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) drew the March Hare with straw on his head. At Carroll’s time, this was a symbol of madness.
Carroll refers to the hare in his “Nursery Alice”: “That’s the March Hare, with the long ears, and straws mixed up with his hair. The straws showed he was mad—I don’t know why. Never twist up straws among your hair, for fear people should think you’re mad!”
Published 25 years after the original, “Nursery Alice” is meant to be read aloud to children (“from nought to five”), with direct comments/questions to the listeners—what we refer to today as “interactive.”
The book is available online at: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076726/00001
In “The Hare with Amber Eyes,” author Edmund de Waal tells the story of how he came to own a collection of 264 Japanese netsuke (pronounced “NET-ski”) carvings. Traditionally, netsuke were used to attach a small purse to a man’s kimono. Netsuke usually have two holes through which run the attaching cord. The cord runs under the sash of the kimono and the netsuke acts like a large button to secure the purse in place. The elaborate and detailed carvings, which became most popular in Japan during the 1600s, were usually made of wood or ivory. See: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/nets/hd_nets.htm for more information.
Collaborate with the history teacher, and have students read de Waal’s book. The story is especially relevant to classes studying World War
II. There is a free downloadable reading guide at: http://www.edmunddewaal.com/writing/the-hare-with-amber-eyes/reading-guide/
Art Concepts in Design
Technology today makes it easy to get a close-up look at works of art. https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/asset-viewer/hare/NgGmZAZW17zfhw?hl=en
Drawing with Scissors (page 28)
View Henri Matisse’s “Beasts of the Sea”:
On the Art Career Track: Combining Selfies with Typography (page 32)
View Parmigianino’s “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” (c. 1523-24):